AED Usage: The Steps for Using an AED
What would you do if a man goes into a heart attack in the middle of a sidewalk? He grabs his chest, his face turns white, and he slides to the floor. His wife, a nurse, runs to get her day bag. She pulls out a small case and opens it to see her emergency medical equipment inside. AED usage can be your best bet for saving someone’s life if there’s a cardiac emergency. However, if you’ve never used one before, it can feel overwhelming to have to learn instantly. Keep reading to learn about the steps for using an AED!
Grab an AED and Turn It On
AED usage is a primary discussion of any first aid and BBP certification. Using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) involves following the CHECK and CALL steps. Check for signs of life with a pulse and breathing. Shout for help and then call 911.
At this point, turn the switch on the AED to the ‘on’ position. Follow the voice prompts or view the pictures from the machine’s manual.
Open the individual’s clothing to expose the chest and wipe any moisture away. Place the AED electrodes in the appropriate locations as directed by the AED’s voice prompts, then press the analyze button.
Listen to the commands of the machine, administer a shock if prompted, and then resume CPR immediately. Continue to use the AED until advanced medical help arrives on the scene. After use, the AED should be turned off and returned to its onsite storage place with all parts stored together.
Remove Clothing and Attach Pads Correctly
Secure the scene, and all bystanders should be kept back. Care should be taken to remove the clothing in a quick, effective manner. Once the clothing has been sufficiently removed, the defibrillator pads should be attached to the victim’s chest as directed by the AED’s prompting.
This is an imperative step, as misplacing or incorrectly attaching the pads will result in inaccurate readings. The pads should be firmly attached and ready to establish an effective current between the AED and the victim.
Prepare to Let the AED Analyze the Heart’s Rhythm
When preparing to let the AED analyze the heart’s rhythm, make sure the patient is lying flat on a hard, flat surface. Any clothing should be removed from the chest. Electrode pads should be placed on the patient’s bare chest.
After you have set up the AED and attached the electrode pads, you should ensure that no one is touching the patient. Once the AED is ready, turn it on to begin the analysis.
The AED voice prompts will guide you through the process and instruct you to help with the operation. You should then press the analyze button. The AED allows it to determine if a shock is needed based on the heart rhythm.
Steps for AED Usage
AED steps are quite simple and straightforward. Taking the time to understand them can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. Knowing these steps can not only help you to potentially save a life but also provide you with peace of mind knowing you are prepared to help in a crisis.
To learn more about AED usage and find AEDs near you, visit your local medical supply store or look online for more information.
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